Book: Anyplace Else
Bah Humbug 2016 Advent Calendar
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 1, 2016
Length: 33 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.
All of these Advent stories are beyond different. Some are funny, some more serious, others paranormal, and in Anyplace Else it was more urban fantasy than anything else. I will say it was very unique. However, it was also a bit haunting and by its end I wasn’t sure if it was really a happy ending at all. I suppose one would label it HFN.
Grant is in Hawaii for his twin’s wedding and it starts off cute. He’s depressed, lonely, hates his job. He flirts with the cute waiter all that. Then he takes a walk and the story gets a little strange.
I won’t give much away but he encounters Gods. And through the story he encounters Gods of different kinds and times. For a short story it was a lot to take in a small period of time. Perhaps if it was longer I could have worked more of it out in my head and even understood it a little better.
It is absolutely a unique addition to the Bah Humbug Advent Calendar and there were parts I was fascinated with. But on the whole I found it daunting and sad.
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